Iowa by trail app

After 30 years of helping to establish Iowa as the World Capital of Trails, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce “Iowa by Trail,” the all-Iowa multiuse trail app and website. INHF partnered with Shift Interactive, an Iowa-based company to create the app and website. 


App features

Iowa by Trail provides an interactive map that allows users to:
  • Geo locate their position and find the closest trail.
  • Find points of interest along the way, like local restaurants, museums and natural resource information.
  • Communicate with friends and followers about what they did along the trail.
  • Keep track of distance, weather, news and events.



The Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Metropolitan Planning Authority and several private citizens have provided seed money to start production of the app and website.  Funding for the iOS version is complete, with funds being raised now for the Android version. 


Fostering connections

“When you’re on the trail, you inherently understand the connection between communities, natural resources and the economy," explains Hannah Inman, INHF communications director. "This app takes that one step farther. It allows for a business to communicate with a new visitor that’s passing through, or for a town to showcase its unique treasures. It allows someone to stop to take a look at a stream and understand its connection to our drinking water. This is something that no one else in the country has at a statewide level. It showcases what makes Iowa special.” 


Please help!

Help bring the "Iowa by Trail" app to everyone!

  • Funding goal: $80,000 for the Android version and version 2

Your gift will:

  • Bring Iowa By Trail to Android users
  • Expand the app to include water trails, hiking trails and mountain biking trails
  • Help create the most comprehensive trails resource Iowa has ever had

Pledge now

Questions? Contact INHF's Kerri Sorrell by e-mail or at 800-475-1846, ext. 24.